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Maddy Strauss

Yoga Instructor/Owner

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Aviva Tulasi

Yoga Instructor

Bryan Bushick

Yoga Instructor

Instructor with MyYoga

Debbie

Yoga Instructor

Kat Bednar

Yoga Instructor

Nathan Jumper

Yoga Instructor

Maddy Strauss

My very first experience with yoga was in 1998. I instantly fell in love just after my first class. I had been lifting weights, jogging, and cycling for ten years before that and started feeling the stress on my joints. When I found hot yoga, I knew I had found the perfect balance of physical intensity and mind stilling meditation that I craved. What began as a physical journey became so much more. When I am on my yoga mat the outside world disappears, it is my time to celebrate and nurture myself. Practicing Hot Yoga has improved my life on so many different levels it’s hard to imagine life without it now.  Because I believe in hot yoga so passionately, I feel the obligation to share it with the rest of the world.  I decided to learn to teach and teach to learn in 2006; it was the best decision I ever made.  My classes are designed to keep my students physically and mentally challenged but at the same time designed to allow ourselves the opportunity to let go of the ego and work with our inner strength and our hearts.  I have completed courses on teaching yoga for seniors and also gentle yoga for breast cancer survivors. I offer detox classes, classes for weight loss, private one on one and semi-private classes, guided meditation classes for stress and anxiety, and love teaching beginners.

Aviva Tulasi

Aviva Tulasi is a registered yoga instructor (RYT) who is currently enrolled in an IYAT certified 800-hour yoga therapy program. Aviva guides her students to explore the nuances of sensations felt when practicing yoga to learn more about the body and find inner balance. Aviva loves being in nature. She enjoys hiking with her family and dogs and attempting to keep her garden free of weeds.

Bryan Bushick

Bryan’s yoga journey started with Baptiste Yoga nearly 20 years ago while living in Pennsylvania. It has since broadened to include hot yoga, vinyasa flow, and traditional Hatha yoga, and deepened in 2018 through completion of his 200-hour Teacher Training at y Respira in Raleigh. Benefiting in so many ways from yoga, Bryan is committed to extending his practice – on and off the mat – as well as to facilitating the experience (and transformation) of other students. A physician by training, Bryan appreciates the importance of the mind-body connection and applies insights regarding our anatomy and physiology. With children pursuing their college and post-graduate education elsewhere, he resides in Durham with his spouse Carolina and dog, Izzi.

Debbie

Through body and breath, movement and stillness, there lie seeds for recovery and growth. What each person needs may vary. Through yoga, we can become first aware of where to begin, release expectations, and simply flow. I teach Vinyasa Flow, Chair Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

Kat Bednar

Kat began her journey with yoga when she was a student at the University of Vermont. Inspired and encouraged by her first teachers, she has been a humble student ever since. Recognizing that yoga makes her a healthier and happier person, she took the next step to get her 200-hour teacher training program through Yogafit. Kat has completed additional training in restorative and yoga for seniors. She is committed to creating space and time for others to have the same experience. She teaches her classes in a light-hearted, honest, fun approach, with strong attention to alignment, breath, and focus. Kat hopes to help her students find true happiness in their bodies through the practice of yoga. She is honored to have the opportunity to support others in their yoga journey and has the utmost respect for the unique experiences each person brings into the room.

Off the mat, when not reaching yoga, Kat loves playing music, cooking, traveling, riding her bike, reading, and going on adventures with her boyfriend, Michael, and her adorable Shih Tzu Scarlett.

Nathan Jumper

Nathan began his yoga practice in 2013. He spent most of the first three years learning Bikram yoga at a wonderful studio in Princeton, New Jersey. He had never experienced anything quite like those sweaty sessions, and he quickly learned to love the heat! As a body-building enthusiast, Nathan also found that yoga contributed significantly to his physical balance. But more than anything else, yoga has helped him develop a deeper and more compassionate awareness of his body.

In 2016, Nathan moved to North Carolina to pursue a doctorate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel-Hill. Whenever he’s not reading, writing, or teaching, Nathan is usually in the gym or exploring other styles of yoga, including Ashtanga and Yin. He currently teaches hot vinyasa classes and core-26 variations. In addition to developing strength and flexibility through flows and balancing sequences, these classes encourage students to become attentive to their breath and alignment. While Nathan still loves to sweat in the heat, he also hopes that his classes provide students a safe space where they can cultivate a loving relationship with themselves.

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